What Christians are Really Hiding

Conservatives Christians are Hiding The Real Truth in America

This election may have brought out the ugly in all of us but it also brought a lot of Christians to the polls. Issues like the Supreme Court nominees and the military let a lot of Christians have something PC to stand on, the same Christians who’ve enjoyed a safe, comfortable, peaceful life since the birth of this nation.

The progressive left has painted Christians into a defensive corner where many have succumb to the pressures of society to keep God in a little box at home where they are “free” to open it up in private, where no one else might be offended, where they won’t be called a radical, a racist, a bigot, with a slew of “isms” attached to their name. Sorry to break it to you but you’re hiding from nothing and failing your God anyway.

Christian Americans, have grown lazy and complacent in their God-given mission to spread the Good News and have accepted and participated in hiding the biggest truth in the History of America in the name of tolerance and American Liberty. Jesus.  They have grown quiet. They have stopped fighting and we are losing the fundamental protections God set in place when this country became One Nation Under God so that we could freely and proudly bring glory to His name and His light unto this world… and WE ARE FAILING OUR GOD!

We have accepted the lies that, because we are all free to choose how we believe in America, that our God doesn’t need to be exalted above all others beyond the boundaries of our own homes and church.  Since not everyone believes in Him, we simply accept they have differing views and leave them be… because this is America and we are Americans first, Christians second.  THIS IS A LIE and God’s Word is very specific about worshiping other gods and what we are called to do for people who do not believe in Him. If we refuse to share Jesus with others, what use does God have for us here? If we keep hiding His Light under a bushel, why would God need to continue protecting our right to share it at all? NONE, so WAKE UP Americans! You are being used against your God. You are blaming people who do not believe in God for taking away your right to do so when YOU ARE HIDING IT ANYWAY!  You are fighting against people God wants you to bring to Him and using His Name to justify it.  You are being manipulated into believing that it’s the flag rather than the cross that represents our freedoms, that the blood shed on battlefields is worth more than the blood of Jesus, that the truth about Hillary, our government, from Wikileaks or on Weiner’s laptop are more important than what’s hiding in your little box at home with your Bible.

We have been sitting back, shaking our heads about the state of this country and arguing about our fight for guns, for jobs, for healthcare, for babies. We USE God as our reason to fight for them and wonder why He hasn’t stopped it and yet we refuse to let Him use us in the way that He has asked us because this is America and everyone is free to do what they believe is right… unless they are spreading the Word of God among people who do not know Him… which is the ONLY fight where we are needed.  God does not care about our guns, they don’t work against His enemies. He does not care about our jobs, He provides us with what He knows we need. He cares more about each and every person who chooses abortion more than he does about your indignation at having to pay for it.

In a world of darkness, the Light you accepted when you accepted Jesus Christ can be seen from far and wide and your God, with His light in your hands is being judged by your words, your actions and your convictions so it is more important than ever, that YOUR convictions align with God’s Word and His purpose for your life.

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Pray with out ceasing. Seek God and be strengthened. Put on your Armor and carry your Sword with you, everywhere you go. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light upon my path” and it is your only weapon against all the powers of darkness. Your faith will shield you from the many lies and manipulations meant to distract you and alter the course God has laid out for you. Live righteously, not piously and give the devil less ammunition to use against you. You are not fighting against liberals, ISIS or corrupt government politicians. They are merely being used against God and you are going the wrong way!

The battle is already upon you, every day, every where, every conversation, every reaction you have. Every person you meet should hear the Word of God before the time comes that even America cannot protect Christians anymore. If we do not use the blessing of a free nation to further the Light of God, we will not have that blessing much longer. They only go hand in hand for as long as the good Lord allows it and no more so Suit Up Americans. Arm yourself with the Word of God and fight the true enemy to spread the Truth about Jesus instead of hiding it.

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Come out of your safe spaces that allow you to worship with out condemnation and with God beside you, face a world that needs Him and does not know it.

Trump is not Jesus, he’s merely a weapon in God’s Army, as are we all so take your place, not to Washington or to the Whitehouse but in everything you do, let it be in His name to bring glory and honor, not to America but to Christ because without Him, the America that was founded on the Rock of Salvation will perish along with all the souls we let slip away with it.

My War Room

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Months ago I looked around my tiny, people filled home and realized I didn’t even have a corner, let alone an entire room to go into and pray.  I pulled out my Bible and my little prayer journal and decided my first prayer request would be to have a home BIG enough for a war room… my mind began to wander and I’d have a craft room and a game room and a mud room right off the kitchen…

But I only wrote down “War Room” because it seemed selfish to pray for a mud room that I don’t even need but God knows, every Christian woman needs a war room.

I finished my daily devotional, praying for my husband, my children, any concerns or prayer requests from friends and loved ones or big issues in the world that weighed on my heart.  I went about my busy day and laid down beside my already sleeping husband that night.  My thoughts were still on my first conversation with God that morning and the home He knows I need to hold MY war room… and then it dawned on me.  I have a stack of office stuff shoved somewhere in this tiny place just filled with everything I’d need to get my War Room started.  I leaped out of bed, dug through what I had, amazingly not waking everybody up and with in no time, I had a decorated binder filled with all the War Room stuff I’d pinned on my Pinterest board.  Scripture, pictures, notes, prayers, little quotes and sayings, reminders, lesson ideas, sections for devotionals, notecards, sticky notes, a pocket for answered prayers.  I started to cry.  In the morning I’d asked God for a big house so I could get started on His battle in a War Room.  Before the day was out, He showed me that all I really needed was an answered prayer and I’ve been filling that pocket ever since.

A war room would be awesome but who’s kidding, that’d be just another cluttered place I’d have to keep clean and dig through when I really need something.  Having a war binder has changed the way I see God working in my life everyday. I’ve even made some for other people.  Here are some things I included in them that might make your time with God feel as vital and productive as mine feels.

You can download them right here to add to your own daily walk with God.

your-battle-plan Is an Outline with notes and scriptures and a little guide on how to begin your day with the Lord.

a-guide-to-your-bible Is great for anyone wanting to delve into God’s Word and might be intimidated or overwhelmed by all the little things that make us want to give up.

Christmas in December

 

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A little colder,warm-christmas-decor-red-decorative-balls_1920x1440.jpg a little darker, a little scary to realize another year has already passed.  It’s no wonder Christmas is celebrated in December!  What better way to alleviate that cold, lonely fear than with bright colors, jingling bells, catchy songs sung by children, random acts of kindness by friends and strangers alike, scents that melt ice and warm your toes, dreams of past memories, hopes for future ones, savoring the moments that will bring joy in the years to come.  Christmas would not be as appreciated, as important, as impactful if it were any other month or time of year… and God’s hands in such a thing cannot be discredited.

Taking Christ out of Christmas won’t change any of the reasons we feel a little warmer this time of year and God knew that above all things, He and all things in His name would be attacked, especially Christ on Christmas. Do you think it’s coincidence that a Holiday we mark as the birth of our Savior has been celebrated in mass by nonbelievers around the world every year?  Of course not because even if they take Christ out of Christmas, they can’t take away the season God designed just for us to feel better, happier, warmer, more loving, more giving, more appreciative when it’s most needed to help us carry on through the cold, dark winter.

God designed Christmas, right down to the icicles and bitter cold that with the right lights and warmth would become beautiful and full of hope instead of frightening and full of despair and He did this for ALL of us, not just those who believe in Him.  Jesus was not sent here to heal the healthy.  He did not spend His days on earth ‘preaching to the choir’ so to speak.  Christmas, even if they remove His name, was designed to bring believers and nonbelievers together, surrounded by peace and hope, a time to love and be kind, thoughtful and giving.  Why do you think so many want Christ taken out of the name completely?  Because every person, believer or non gives glory to His name each time they say Merry Christmas.

Do not believe for one second that our omnipotent Father did not foresee the way the world would view Christmas, merry-christmas-nativity-dxkfghfse
how they would push against giving any glory to Him, how they would pervert it with greed and selfishness, how they would manipulate it to fit their own will and needs. I believe, with all my heart that He was counting on it… for with out all the worldy influences it wouldn’t be a holiday season, celebrated by all of God’s children, together, in His name.

Happy New Year

A Pure Heart

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Create in me a pure heart ,O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

It’s the start of a new year, a time to take a deep breath and start fresh. We make lists, we make plans, we declare our resolutions but the simple part of all these ends there. Next it’s up to us to be disciplined, motivated and honorable in order to uphold our end of the “bargain.”

In Psalm 51, David is asking for forgiveness, acknowledging God’s loving kindness and tender mercies. He admits his transgressions and sins and asks God to wash him and make him clean.

We may not be looking at the past year and all our mistakes, but the sentiment can feel the same when we have a moment to think about the coming future.

This passage may have been about David’s transgressions and God’s forgiveness, but it is also about the faith and certainty we have, asking our Lord to wipe away all the days past and give us the unwavering discipline we need to hold steady, one day at a time.

  • stead·fast, stedˌfast – adjective
  • resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
  • “steadfast loyalty”
  • synonyms: loyal, faithfulcommitteddevoteddedicateddependablereliable,steadytrueconstantstaunchsolidtrusty

Happy New Year

Making Plans

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Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established

Proverbs 16:3

As the year comes to a close, many of us take a moment to reflect on the year past and envision the new year to come.  We make plans, set goals and have lists of resolutions with every intent on accomplishing them.

We often get carried away with the things we want or want to do, putting so much effort into accomplishing them we forget to stop and ask if our goals are the same as God’s goals for us.  There are times we want something so much we can almost taste it.  If it’s important enough, we don’t stop until we finish.

An overall theme in the devotions I share is trust and faith in God, even when we don’t completely understand, like my previous post Grandma’s Quilt, when it feels like our lives are being ripped and torn, shredded into pieces and we can’t see passed what it used to be, what we wanted it to be to see what it is, something ruined, no longer useful, not pleasing or serving to the Lord. If we give it up to Him, let him use His nimble hands, He will turn it into something new, something beautiful, something better and long lasting. Like the quilt that covers my lap, whatever He makes will be cherished and we’ll see Him turn the fabric of our past into something unimaginable, something so much better, something according to His purpose.

Another important teaching I’ve been reading lately is not just blindly trusting in God’s way over our own, but in seeking out truth and understanding for ourselves.  In Proverbs 2, Solomon teaches us about the value of wisdom.  It says to incline your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding. If you cry out for discernment and lift up your voice for understading, if you seek it as silver, search for it as you would for hidden treasures, THEN you will understand the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of God.  The Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

He’s telling us not to just bumble around waiting on God to drop things in our lap but to seek out the knowledge and understanding that God will give us.  Search for it like we would silver or a buried treasure, things we might desire more than anything else and He will give it to us.

In an excert from my devotional Bible, Sara Trollinger wrote, “God doesn’t want us to have intellectual knowledge of truth.  He wants us to experience its operating power in our hearts.”

YES, God wants us to trust in Him and the plans he has for us.  YES, He wants us to have faith that no matter how difficult things are for us to understand, He has it under contol.  YES, God wants for us to let go and let Him take the reins but He also wants us to GROW, to HUNGER and THIRST for only the KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM that He can give us. 

TRUST in GOD but never give up questing for what He has stored for us.  Live through the experiences in our lives that gain us knowledge and wisdom and carry those forward in a way that pleases Him.

Make your plans, your lists and resolutions but “Commit your work to the Lord” first, as he says in Proverbs 16:3, “and your plans will be established.”

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Your Faithful, Steadfast Shepherdess

Bloom Where you Are Planted

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”

  Jeremiah 29:11

This is a message of hope, to keep faith, a reminder that God has a plan no matter how far away we feel, how lost, alone or out of sorts.

In context, this was a small passage from a letter that Jeremiah sent to the people of Jerusalem who were taken captive into Babylon.  To these prisoners taken far from their home, God’s message was clear.  I HAVE A PLAN, DO NOT LOSE HOPE.

He also said for them to build houses, plant gardens, get married and have children, help them gow and marry and have children, to seek peace where he says, “…I have caused you to be carried away captive.”  In other words, Bloom Where You are Planted, because God Planted You There.

So many times throughout the Bible we read about faith and trust, God’s plan, God’s will.  When things feel difficult, overwhelming or just completely out of our understanding it’s easy to question and wonder is this God’s will? Is it in His plan

In that same letter, God says, “Call upon Me, pray to Me and I will listen… seek Me and you will find Me when you search wih all your heart and I will bing you back.  I will bring you home.”

This is more than just a message of comfort or an encouragement to be steadfast and have hope.  It is a promise.  He knows our circumstances, no matter how difficult they are.   He is not asking but telling us to settle where He has put us and wait for His time.  He does not ask but tells us to go to Him in prayer, seek him in our Bibles, carry Him in our conversations and there we will find Him and when His timing is right, He promises to bring us home, no matter how far away we might be, how lost or lonely or how difficult the journey.  Until then, we grow and bloom for Him.

LAST NOTE:  Wherever you are, whatever you are going through, seek the Lord with all your heart, in prayer, in your Bible, in your fellowship with friends and family.  If you are where God needs you, you will find the way to grow there and not diminish in Him.  If this is not the place God has planned for you, He will take you away and put you where you are needed.

Never Worry

We all have worries sometimes but I was reminded when reading in Matthew that Jesus said in Chapter 6:25 “..do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on… Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more value than they?”

Do not worry but put your faith in God and in His love for you and your family, trusting that He knows more of what you need than you do.

“Be still and know that I am God…”  Psalm 46:10 

One of my favorite verses, in fact the picture above is of my living room wall.  Every time I find a minute to sit down in there, the feeling of peace slides over me.  I’m not sure if it’s just the verse or the gentle way the birds are laid out around it (thanks to my husband who wouldn’t let his pregnant wife climb up on anything).  Either way, the sentiment is calming, reassuring and warm.  I thought I might share the verse in context with it’s chapter in Psalms, though it raises a little more excitement and energy then the segment by itself.

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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though it’s waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.  4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the most High.  5  God is in the midst of her, she shall not dawn.  6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved.  He uttered His voice, the earth melted.  7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. 8 Come behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth.  9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two.  He burns the chariot in the fire.  10 Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.